Here’s a new WWII title from Stackpole Books that looks quite interesting. The press release below is from the publisher.
Caldwell, Donald L.Thunder on Bataan: The First American Tank Battles of World War II . Hardcover, 320 pages, ISBN 9780811737715, $32.95.
The American Provisional Tank Group had been in the Philippines only three weeks when the Japanese attacked the islands hours after the raid on Pearl Harbor.
The men of this group, still learning their way around an M3 tank, found themselves thrust into a critical role when the Philippine Army could not hold back the Japanese.
The 1941-42 campaign in the Philippines has taken a backseat in the popular historical imagination to what came after, and the role of tanks in that campaign has been largely ignored.
In an evocatively written book that conjures the sights, sounds, and smells of battle in the Philippines, Caldwell restores tanks to their rightful place in the history of this campaign while also giving attention to the horrors that followed. He has conducted impressive primary research to bring to life the short but noteworthy combat history of the Provisional Tank Group, and he has dug even deeper to tell the stories of the individuals who did the fighting, selecting soldiers from each of the group’s six companies and recounting, throughout the book, the entire arc of their service, from enlistment, training, and combat to imprisonment, liberation, and return home.